The qualities you should look for when you go to hire a personal injury law firm in south Florida

Personal Injury Law

There are many personal injury law firms located here in Jupiter, Palm Beach County, south Florida, and throughout the entire country. What you need to figure out is who are the best personal injury attorneys to handle your case and give you the best chance of getting what you think you deserve out of your case.

 

The first important thing for you to know: most personal injury law firms like ours at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. will sit down with you and have a free initial consultation with you. So the first thing we would advise you is to cut out most if not all of the law firms who want to charge you for that initial consultation. There are enough quality firms and lawyers that will look at your case and give you an honest assessment for no charge that you need not consider paying for that meeting.

 

Here are some other important questions you should ask when hiring a personal injury law firm:

  • Do I have a legitimate case?
    • Practically everyone who walks into a personal injury law firm believes they have a case that could get them money… often, a lot of money. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Be willing to listen to what feedback the lawyer is giving you. If you do not agree with the feedback, you can always go and get a second and even third opinion. But also be open to the fact that maybe you do not have as easy a case to win as you think.
  • Who will be working on my case on what are their resources?
    • Will a lawyer be working on your case, or paralegals and legal assistants? Yes, you should expect that the paralegals and assistants will do some of the work, but one of the firm’s lawyers should be involved every step of the way as well.
  • What types of cases has the firm worked in the past?
    • This is an important question as most people do not realize that there are many types of personal injury cases. Make sure to find out if the firm has a positive history in working cases in the area which your case would fall under – including Slip & Fall, accidents, malpractice, workers compensation, defective products just to name a few.
  • What is the firm’s reputation?
    • This can be found by doing some research on google. Look for industry recognition and accolades. And definitely check on their website, and through social media to view testimonials from clients and others who have worked with the firm and the attorneys in the firm.
  • How does the law firm get compensated for working your case?
    • In addition to offering a free initial consultation, The best personal injury law firms also give a “No Fee Unless We Win” guarantee. In the legal industry this is known as a “contingency fee contract.”

 

Arm yourself with these questions and you will give yourself the best chance at winning a personal injury lawsuit.

 

You often here personal injury attorneys and many other types of attorneys say that they give the best service, have the most experience, and will do what it takes to help you win your case, and get you a lot of money in the process. You can see it in the ads on television, hear it on the radio driving to and from work, or see it on the multiple billboards along I-95 that you pass on a daily basis.

 

But you will never see Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. on a television ad, or on a billboard along the highway? Why? Because we believe that our best sources for new business always come from our current and former clients. We pride ourselves on delivering on our promise – to help you get the compensation that you deserve for the injuries you have suffered: physical, mental and psychological.

 

While a television advertisement or a billboard may make an attorney appear knowledgeable and trustworthy, that is not always the case. Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne has stayed away from big advertising and relies on word of mouth referrals from prior clients which is the true test of a law firm’s service to a client. Relying on referrals can only be accomplished when past clients are happy with the dedication and services provided by Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne.

 

The Law Firm of Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. provides:

  • Contingent fee contracts – No Fees or Costs unless we prevail on your injury case.
  • Free confidential initial consultations
  • Attorneys who handle your cases…not just paralegals or support staff
  • We are proud to offer home, hospital and nursing home visits to you in the event that you are unable to meet with us in our office. Let us travel to you.

 

If you are in an automobile, motorcycle or boating accident; or a Slip and Fall accident, Wrongful Death & Serious Injury situation, Medical Malpractice, Defective Products, or many other types of legal situations where injury or death has occurred, contact us immediately.

You can contact us by phone at (561) 686-3400, via email at info@sswlawfl.com, via fax at (561) 686-5683, or by filling out the contact form on our website at http://www.sswlawfl.com/contact/.

 

We look forward to helping you obtain payment to cover hospital and other medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more, if the situation warrants it. Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A., where we have been devoted to protecting south Florida families for over 40 years!

Memorial Day weekend: a fun-filled weekend, but also the most deadly of driving holidays

Memorial Day weekend 2017

Memorial Day weekend 2017 is here! This coming weekend marks so many good things to all of us Americans – the unofficial beginning to summer, the end of the school year, and the fun and great food of backyard and beach BBQ’s with family and friends. In addition, it is a time to honor those men and women who sacrificed their lives serving in the U.S. military to preserve the freedoms we enjoy in this country today.

 

Unfortunately, this weekend also holds one very dubious title: it is the most dangerous driving weekend of the year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) More people are killed in motor vehicle accidents over the 3-day Memorial weekend here in Florida and around the United States, on average, than any other 3-day period on the calendar. That includes the 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s weekends.

 

Most recent statistics derived from this article: https://www.valuepenguin.com/most-dangerous-holidays-drive

 

At Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. we value the health and well-being of all of you – our neighbors, friends and family here in Jupiter, Florida, and every town and city throughout this great country of ours. Starting today, be willing to go that extra step that may save your own life, or the lives of people you love.

 

Do not get behind the wheel of an automobile while impaired. In addition, if you are driving, put down your cell phone. If current trends continue, texting and other distracted driving will soon catch and may well surpass drunk driving as the leading single cause of automobile accidents causing serious injury and wrongful death in the United States. If you are one of the guilty parties who do it – Stop It. Stop it Now! If not for yourself, then do it for all those other lives you could have a devastating effect on if you cause an accident.

 

In addition, if you see someone who is impaired and about to start driving a vehicle – whether it be an automobile, a truck, a boat or a motorcycle – stop them. If you are sober, offer to drive them home, or at least call them a cab or an Uber. You may be saving their lives, and the lives of others on the road. At the very least you could be saving them from the pain, stress and significant expense of a DUI.

 

Stay safe this Memorial Day weekend – we want to see all of you healthy and happy next week, and far into the future!

 

If you or someone you know is injured or dies as a result of an auto accident caused by a drunk driver, a distracted driver or someone else’s negligence of any type, please contact us at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. immediately. We offer a free initial consultation, and we will work with you to help you through this very difficult and emotional time. Our phone number is (561) 686-3400.

At Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne, we know that automobile accidents involving drunk drivers happen, particular over the holidays. We help our clients obtain payment to cover hospital and other medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more, if the situation warrants it.

If you want to learn more about how we can help you in a situation where someone you love has been in an auto accident, then go to this page on our website: http://www.sswlawfl.com/areas-of-practice/auto-accident/. We also specialize in Slip and Fall accidents, Wrongful Death & Serious Injury, Medical Malpractice, Boating Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Defective Products, and many other types of legal situations where injury or death has occurred. At Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne we have been devoted to protecting south Florida families for over 40 years.

Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne explains: the important concept of “Comparative Fault” in Slip & Fall cases in Florida

Comparative Fault in Florida

Slip & Fall accidents are a commonplace occurrence here in Florida. At Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. when we first sit down with you, our perspective client, during our free consultation we try to get as clear a picture as to what happened during your Slip and Fall incident as possible. One of the most important reasons is that we start to look at the “comparative fault” involved in your incident.

 

In Florida law the statutes that pertain to Slip and Fall accidents in which an injury has occurred state clearly that more than one person or entity can be held at fault, if applicable. This is referred to as “Comparative fault”. Florida operates under what is known as a pure comparative negligence standard. This standard leads the court to assign a percentage of fault to both the defendant and the plaintiff in civil cases here in Florida. Here is how it works:

 

For example: if you are involved in a Slip and Fall accident here in Florida, and the person or entity you are trying to hold liable for the incident can prove that you are either partly to blame for the accident OR making your injuries worse, the courts here are obligated to follow this comparative fault rule. Therefore, if your damages add up to $50,000 but you are found to be 20% at fault, your compensation will be reduced by $10,000 to only $40,000 (reduction of 20% of $50,000). Be prepared for the defendant’s lawyers to raise this “Comparative fault” rule during any settlement talks.

 

If you or someone you care about gets injured in a Slip and fall accident or you simply have a question about a personal injury incident, please call us at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. As mentioned earlier we offer a free initial consultation, and our phone number is (561) 686-3400, or you can fill out our easy to access and use Case Review Form at http://www.sswlawfl.com/.

 

At Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne, we understand that Slip and fall accidents happen all the time. If you fall because of the negligence of the property’s owner, then you need to contact us right away. We help our clients obtain payment to cover hospital and other medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more, if the situation warrants it. If you want to learn more about how we can help you in a situation where someone you love has been in an accident, then go to this page on our website: http://sswlawfl.com/areas-of-practice/accidents-serious-injury/. We also specialize in Wrongful Death & Serious Injury, Medical Malpractice, Automobile Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Boating Accidents, Defective Products, and many other types of legal situations where injury or death has occurred.

 

Whether you are in Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Stuart, West Palm Beach or any other city in the state of Florida, you need to find and hire a law firm that has the level of knowledge and experience that will get you the financial results you deserve, while also working with you throughout your case until some type of resolution has been reached. At Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne we have been devoted to protecting south Florida families for over 40 years.

How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit in the state of Florida?

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Like every other state in America, Florida has a law in its statutes that specifically sets a deadline for the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit in our state’s civil courts against the person or business that might be legally at fault for your injuries caused in an accident. This law is called a statute of limitations, and in Florida law this statute can be found in the Florida Statutes Annotated section 95.11.

 

The most important aspect of the statute of limitations for you if you are injured in an accident is that it gives you four (4) years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. Otherwise, unless under extreme and very rare cases, the court will almost certainly refuse to even hear your case at all.

 

One important adjunct to the Florida statute of limitations law is that if your injury claims are against either a city, county or state government entity or official your time limit to file is only three (3) years.

 

To read more on Florida’s Personal Injury Laws & Statutory Rules go to: http://www.alllaw.com/articles/nolo/personal-injury/laws-florida.html

 

Our Board Certified lawyers from Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne, P.A. are the right lawyers to get you the best settlement that you deserve based upon your unique set of circumstances when you have been involved in an automobile accident, truck accident, boating accident, motorcycle accident, any other vehicle or a slip and fall.  We have been devoted to protecting South Florida families for over 40 years.

 

If a person you care about gets hurt or killed in a car, motorcycle or boating accident, or you simply have a question about a potential personal injury situation that you have not yet had answered and you are not sure whether hiring an attorney is your best plan of action, please call us at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. We offer a free initial consultation, and our phone number is (561) 686-3400.

 

Your initial consultation with our law firm is free, and we lay out all of your options for you honestly and completely. If we do agree to move forward together you will find that we work tirelessly to help you and/or your loved ones obtain payment to cover hospital and other medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more, if the situation warrants it. If you want to learn more about how we can help you in a situation where someone you love has been in an accident, then go to this page on our website: http://sswlawfl.com/areas-of-practice/accidents-serious-injury/. We also specialize in Wrongful Death & Serious Injury, Medical Malpractice, Defective Products, and many other types of legal situations where injury or death has occurred.

 

Whether you are in Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Stuart, West Palm Beach or any other city in the state of Florida, you need to find and hire a law firm that has the level of knowledge and experience that will get you the financial results you deserve, while also working with you throughout your case until some type of resolution has been reached. With over four decades of experience, that firm is Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne.

 

Contact us directly at (561) 686-3400, or via email at info@sswlawfl.com.

Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne offers thanks to all of our living military veterans – Happy Veterans Day

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We have just come through an amazing presidential campaign, one marked by divisiveness and many twists and turns before ending in a truly amazing outcome where an outsider with no political background is now the President-elect… Whichever way you voted here in the Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach South Florida and Treasure Coast areas, at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. we hope you did get out and vote. Exercising your right to do so is one of the most important and cherished rights of being an American citizen.

 

Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day – an important day when we honor our living military veterans (Memorial Day honors our military veterans who have passed away), the men and women who help to make our continued freedoms as Americans possible. We thank all of you who are serving or have served in our military! We truly appreciate what you have done for all of us, your families and ours.

 

At Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. we have practiced law in Jupiter, Florida, Palm Beach County, and the Treasure Coast since the early 1970’s. During that time we have been devoted to protecting South Florida families for over 40 years.

 

We limit our practice to serious injury and wrongful death arising out of severe accidents and medical negligence. Those areas of personal injury law we focus on include automobile accidents, boating accidents, motorcycle accidents, defective products and medical malpractice. We look forward to meeting you and fulfilling the needs of you and your family.

 

Contact our Palm Beach law firm using our Case Review Form right on our website with questions about your legal issue. Or, call us directly at (561) 686-3400. Provide a much information as possible regarding your inquiry. While this contact does not serve to establish an attorney/client relationship, it will allow our legal team to begin an assessment of your case. Please note that your initial consultation with our law firm is FREE.

Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A.: what you should expect from a “free initial consultation” with a personal injury attorney

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Most personal injury attorney firms offer a free initial consultation to potential clients. Although some people view this as nothing more than a law firm’s way of getting you in the door so they can pressure you into becoming their client, the free initial consultation is a valuable tool for both the lawyers and you.

 

At Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A., for example, we view our free initial consultation with you as an invaluable tool for both us and you. An initial consultation allows a law firm like ours to learn more about you and the facts surrounding your case. This meeting also allows you to learn more about us and the process of pursuing a personal injury claim.

 

What should you expect at an initial consultation meeting with us at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne:

 

To get the most out of the initial consultation you should prepare for it. Included in your preparation should be:

  • All the questions you can think of that pertain to your case
    • Questions about our experience in handling cases like yours
    • Our fee arrangement
  • Items that can help us learn more about your potential case
    • Medical records, police reports, any legal documents from other parties involved, insurance information, receipts for expenses you have incurred because of your accident, any proof of lost wages you may have suffered

 

Our initial meeting will typically take from 30 minutes to an hour – but please allocate for more time if needed because we believe in thoroughly vetting your situation. We believe that learning as much as we can about you and your case is very important, so expect that we will be asking you a number of questions about your case and about you.

 

Our law office of Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. practices in Jupiter, Florida, Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast, and has been devoted to protecting South Florida families for over 40 years.

 

Contact our Palm Beach law firm at any time with questions about your legal issue. Provide a much information as possible regarding your inquiry. While this contact does not serve to establish an attorney/client relationship, it will allow our legal team to begin an assessment of your case even before you come in for your initial consultation.

 

At Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne, we understand that an accident, serious injury and wrongful death can occur without warning. Whatever happened, we also know that it is tragic for all of the loved ones left behind. We help our clients obtain payment to cover funeral expenses, pain and suffering, and more, if the situation warrants it. If you want to learn more about how to go about hiring the right attorneys for you in a situation where someone you love has been injured or died in an accident or some other situation caused by negligence, then go to http://www.sswlawfl.com/areas-of-practice/. We specialize in Auto Accident & Serious Injury, Motorcycle Accidents, Boating Accidents, Wrongful Death, Medical Malpractice, Defective Products and many other types of legal situations where injury or death has occurred.

 

Our main office is located in south Florida in Jupiter at 1015 W. Indiantown Road, Suite 101A. You can contact us directly at (561) 686-3400, or via email at info@sswlawfl.com.

Should I hire a lawyer if I have been in an auto accident in Jupiter or Palm Beach Gardens? How to decide

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“Do I really need to hire a lawyer if I have been in an automobile accident?”

At Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. we have been asked this question asked many times. Our answer is almost always “Yes”. But is that because we are attorneys ourselves, so we are obviously biased? Although it would seem that way, we actually feel this way for some fundamentally sound reasons that become more obvious as you read this article.

Let’s start at the beginning – when the car accident actually happens. As soon as the trauma and adrenaline of the accident starts to wear off, you have a lot on your mind – and that is true even if you have not suffered significant injuries. In addition to your injuries you have to deal with the emotional stress and turmoil; the damage to your vehicle; the handling of your claim(s) with the insurance companies and/or a court of law; and many other issues depending upon your particular situation.

Lawyers like those at our highly experienced law firm can help you deal with many of your post-accident issues. Therefore, we offer you the following information from the website www.dmv.org to help you determine whether hiring an attorney is the right choice for you:

“Property Damage

One of the biggest losses after an accident is the loss of property. Your vehicle may be heavily damaged and, in some cases, be considered a total loss.

It’s typically the car insurance company’s prerogative to either:

  • Deem your car a total loss.
    OR
  • Pay for repairs.

First, you’ll need to determine whether your coverage will pay or whether the other company will pay. For instance:

  • If you are at fault, you’ll seek reimbursement through your own policy.
  • If you are not at fault, you’ll generally seek payment through the other insurer.
  • In some cases (e.g., if you live in a no-fault state, or you were in a hit and run), you may seek compensation from your own car insurance company.

Regardless of the company from which you’re seeking payment, you might find their initial claim offer is insufficient to fully cover your repair or replacement costs.

If you don’t have the energy or knowledge to pursue a more substantial claim, you need the services of an attorney to ensure you get what you deserve.

Personal Injury

If you are injured as a result of an accident, you need to get the proper medical care right away. If you delay, it can be harder to prove your injuries resulted from the car accident. In addition, in the state of Florida, if you do not go to a doctor within 14 days after the accident, you will most likely not get compensated for your injuries – even if they do not start to affect you until after the 14 days have passed.

Your payment for care will depend on the coverages in your policy. If you are not at fault, your bills will be paid for by the other driver’s liability coverage. If you live in a no-fault state, however, you can seek payment from your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage to get your bills without the delay of negotiation between companies.

You can also seek payment from:

When You Need a Personal Injury Attorney

As you seek reimbursement, remember that it’s extremely common to get pushback on these expenses. Insruance companies try to avoid paying more than they need to and will check to make sure all the expenses are valid. Keep all of your documentation and receipts. If you continue to have trouble getting your medical bills paid, seek the counsel of a personal injury attorney.

Attorneys have experience working with insurance providers to get the highest possible settlement amounts for clients.

They also have experience getting compensation for general damages that are difficult to determine, such as:

  • Pain and suffering.
  • Mental anguish.

For example, if you’ve lost your vision due to an accident resulting from another driver’s negligence, a personal injury lawyer can help you get general damages in addition to the actual costs of your medical bills.

Statute of Limitations

If you have been injured or you have lost any type of personal or business property due to an accident, don’t wait to get the help you need and deserve.

You have only a short amount of time under local, state, and federal law to file your claim and protect your rights. This time limit is called the statute of limitations, and varies by state.

If you feel you need an attorney to navigate your claim, contact one without delay.

Having the help of an experienced attorney can leave you free to concentrate on healing and moving on with your life.”

This entire article is available at: http://www.dmv.org/insurance/when-to-hire-a-personal-injury-attorney.php

Our Board Certified lawyers from Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne are the right lawyers to get you the best settlement that you deserve based upon your unique set of circumstances when you have been involved in an automobile accident.  We make sure to ask the right questions of all companies and interested parties in your case. We represent clients anywhere in the state of Florida.

If a person you care about gets hurt or killed in a car, motorcycle or boating accident, or you simply have a question about a potential personal injury situation that you have not yet had answered, please call us at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. We offer a free initial consultation, and our phone number is (561) 686-3400.

At Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne, we understand that motor vehicle accidents happen every day. We help our clients obtain payment to cover hospital and other medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more, if the situation warrants it. If you want to learn more about how we can help you in a situation where someone you love has been in an accident, then go to this page on our website:http://www.sswlawfl.com/areas-of-practice/auto-accident/. We also specialize in Wrongful Death & Serious Injury, Medical Malpractice, Defective Products, and many other types of legal situations where injury or death has occurred.

Whether you are in Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Stuart, West Palm Beach or any other city in the state of Florida, you need to find and hire a law firm that has the level of knowledge and experience that will get you the financial results you deserve, while also working with you throughout your case until some type of resolution has been reached. With over four decades of experience, that firm is Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne.

Contact us directly at (561) 686-3400, or via email at info@sswlawfl.com.